Some of the most commonly prescribed heartburn medications in the U.S. could significantly increase your risk of stroke, according to a new study.
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What’s the problem?
November 16, 2016 – The study found that the heartburn drugs, collectively known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), may increase the risk of ischemic stroke by up to 21%. Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke, occurring when a blood clot cuts off blood flow to the brain.
“PPIs have been associated with unhealthy vascular function, including heart attacks, kidney disease and dementia,” said Dr. Thomas Sehested, research director at the Danish Heart Foundation in Copenhagen and lead author of the study. “We wanted to see if PPIs also posed a risk for ischemic stroke, especially given their increasing use in the general population.”
The study was conducted in Denmark among a cohort of about 250,000 patients who took one of four proton pump inhibitors: Prilosec (omeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole) or Nexium (esomeprazole).
The findings indicated that overall stroke risk increased 21% among PPI users; however, this risk appears to be largely based on the dosage taken. At the lowest doses, the researchers found either no or minimal increased risk of stroke. At the highest doses, they found that stroke risk increased 33% with Prilosec and Prevacid, 50% for Nexium and 79% for Protonix.
“At one time, PPIs were thought to be safe, without major side effects,” Sehested said. “This study further questions the cardiovascular safety of these drugs.”
In April, another study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) found that patients who used proton pump inhibitors had a 96% increased risk of kidney failure and a 28% increased risk of kidney disease, compared with those who took other types of heartburn medications.
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